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Radford University

Radford, VA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate95%
Acceptance Rate95%

Radford University Admissions

If you want to apply to Radford University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Application fees can add up, but some schools offer free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply to Radford University for fall semester should hear back from Radford University by April 1.

Radford University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Radford University's admissions stats.

Radford University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.3
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 7%
Mean SAT Score 1023
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 68%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 11%
Waitlist Yes

Continue scrolling for more information on Radford University's admissions stats.

Considering Applying Early to Radford University?

These are the early application deadlines for Radford University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II No –– ––
Early Action Yes December 1 January 15

Radford University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

The Early Action deadline is December 1. Radford University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Radford University accepts about 85% of early action applicants and 79% all applicants for all deadlines. Last year, Radford University admitted 8,867 of the 1,432 who applied early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Radford University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important to Get In to Radford University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Radford University

What does Radford University consider during the admissions process? Listed below are factors commonly taken into consideration during admissions decisions.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Radford University for more information on admission factors.

Radford University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Radford University must submit the following items. Double check with Radford University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Radford University?

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. 4.0. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Students admitted to Radford University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.3

Out of all students that were admitted, 64% submitted a class rank. At Radford University 7% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 23% were in the top 25% and 57% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Radford University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 64%
3.75 and 3.99 12%
3.50 and 3.74 17%
3.25 and 3.49 16%
3.00 and 3.24 17%
2.50 and 2.9 23%
2.00 and 2.49 4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Radford University does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Radford University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 68% of Radford University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 11% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Radford University?

To be competitive with other Radford University applicants, you should strive to earn between 940 and 1110 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Radford University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1110 and 25% of scored lower than 940, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Radford University student is 1023.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Radford University students scored 540 or higher and 75% of students scored 470 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Radford University students scored 570 or higher, and 75% scored a 470 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Radford University?

To be most competitive at Radford University, you should strive to earn between 17 and 23 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 23 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Radford University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 23, and three out of four students scored lower than 23 on the ACT.

A 17 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Radford University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 17.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Radford University

Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Radford University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Radford University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Radford University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Radford University.

Does Radford University accept transfer credits?

✅ Radford University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Radford University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Radford University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Radford University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Radford University?

❌ No, Radford University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Radford University's acceptance rate?

✅ Radford University's acceptance rate is 79%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Radford University?

❌ Radford University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Radford University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Radford University was 85% in 2021.

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Radford University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Radford University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Radford University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 23

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

23 and Above


19 to 23


19 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Radford University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 23 and above have a good chance of getting into Radford University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 19 and 23 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Radford University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

950 - 1150


Math SAT Range

480 - 590


Reading SAT Range

470 - 560

Radford University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Radford University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.31. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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